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Jennaw1 Tue 28-Mar-17 13:36:50

I want to become a home visit carer and would like to know what sort of training is given. I believe there is a 3/5 day induction and study for NVQ in Social Care, a lot of agencies also give further training. Can somebody please tell me about the further training and what it consists of. The other worry I have is if you care for a person with a disability are you given any special training on how to handl/ move people. I would really be grateful for help and advice as I really want to take up this line of work
Thanks very much

Jennaw1 Tue 28-Mar-17 13:44:44

I am interested in becoming a home visit carer and would like to ask for advice on training. I believe most agencies do a 3/5 day induction and further training.
Is the NVQ the further training or does it entail other things . Are you given special training to handle/move people with disabilities?Are you trained to give advice to help people live independently or do you do as they say. Sorry about those questions but would appreciate your advice as I want to do this correctly
Thanks a lot

maggienolia Mon 10-Apr-17 12:33:21

Hi, I work as a home carer for a national franchise - our company does a week induction with an outside trainer and existing staff get refresher training annually.
To answer your moving/ handling question, that's taught as part of the induction but most lifting is done by hoist nowdays.

Next step is going out with experienced carers for minimum two weeks before a senior staff member assesses you on the job as competent.

Further ad hoc training is done as necessary - we had colostomy bag training (nice) and additional dementia training.
Not all companies offer NVQ training. Ours does now- I passed level 3 last year but very little of it was practical assessment, most of it is essay based. I think if you're new to it get some experience before starting it.
And most importantly, practice saying no to the agency when they ring up for the umpteenth time asking you to work even more hours!

Jennaw1 Mon 10-Apr-17 14:02:51

Hi Thank you for your advice, is it difficult having clients with different types of Disability and different problems? Is there a set number of hours you are expected to work or do you state in the beginning how many hours you have a available to work?
Look forward to your reply

PenelopeParmesan Mon 10-Apr-17 14:08:32

If you've never done this kind of work before it would be very useful to work in a care home or other setting alongside colleagues before working alone in the community.

You would need some familiarity with manual handling, dignity and consent, and just learning how to quickly develop a rapport with people you don't know. The rest mostly comes with practice as well as through formal training

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